Date: 8th May, 2013
Game: City League – Final
Opponents: Media Nomads
Venue: Charlton Park RFC
In an evening of perfect conditions for what promised to be an emphatic finale to Lloyd’s season, the insurance men did not disappoint.
LRFC, fresh from competing in the Hong Kong X’s, fielded a strong side that was expected to dominate up front, however it was the Nomads that struck first after an unexpected turn-over and counter attack that caught Lloyd’s napping. The ensuing full-back break down the right wing lit up the scoreboard and left the Lime St. XV with work to do.
0 – 7
LRFC had applied the majority of the pressure in the opening minutes and this theme continued from the restart, with No. 8 Tom George wreaking havoc in the loose, placing favourable distance between him and the gain-line with every carry . The Lloyd’s pack were quick to the breakdown with Kris Chesney and Mick Lee running the engine room with the power of a 1970 Buick GSX and finesse of a tonne of bricks, resulting in rapid ball for the backs to capitalise on. After a number of phases, Tom Gregory put his winning combination of power and pace to expert use, crashing through the Nomads line and touching down with ease – so much so he still had the capacity to slot the extras.
7 – 7
Lloyd’s had turned up. Minutes from the restart, Callum McKie, showing his pejazzling form at fly-half, put the lightning-quick service from the unassumingly lethal Tim Jackson to good use. The ball was worked quickly to give eventual man-of-the-match Hamish Greenwood the opportunity he needed to show his electric pace and scorch over the white wash.
Shortly after, Lloyd’s Rugby and Healthcare Insurance legend Tom Wagstaff was rewarded for his customary efforts in defence with a try borne from the base of a maul on the Nomads ten metre line, ably heaved on by the men-mountains Lorne Ward and Kieran Bowling, both of whom were having equally stand-out performances.
17 – 7
Chris Moore, fresh from his move to Apollo, made his welcome return to the Lloyd’s fray and within minutes the forwards were tearing into the Nomads once again. On the strike of half time, some gliding running up the left wing from Prince Moyo led to LRFC stalwart James Williams broke the nine-ten channel and scored the insurance sides fourth try of the game, with McKie adding the conversion.
HT 24 – 7
The interval brought a number of changes for the Lloyd’s XV and the half started with an air of trepidation despite the score-line. However, the thundering yards of wing forward Will Pickard and direct attacking George Saunders in the centre soon restored the status quo, with Greenwood’s evening brace. Shortly after however, Nomads strung some powerful phases together and struck back, flattering the scoreboard.
29 – 12
On the sixty minute mark Lloyd’s found another gear. Danny Parkinson and Ross Grimstone joined the front row, making the insurance machine even more meaty, and it wasn’t long before Guy House, who against customary form had been passing the ball for much of the evening, reverted to type and weaved his way through a number of defenders, pinned his ears back and scored a superb try that he duly topped off with the extras.
Five minutes later and Chris Moore of Apollo backed up Lloyd’s brand of champagne running rugby, supported well and was there to pick up the spoils of some tired Nomads legs by scoring his first of the match.
Another five minutes on and it was the thundering horse Mick Lee, only his resolute jawline showing from his battered scrum cap, that finished off some fine forward effort to score in the corner. Wendy converted.
Finally, only four minutes passed until the final score of the game, and it too belonged to LRFC, with that man from Apollo, Chris Moore, scoring his second of the match.
The final tally crowned Lloyd’s Rugby Club the victors with an awe inspiring 55 – 12 defeat of the media’s Nomads.
Regaining the City League title capped off what has been an impressive and equally successful season for the insurance men, with an appearance in the Hong Kong 10’s and presence on the 7’s circuit to add to their CV.
Special mention of the evening goes to Duncan Hayward, who made an earth shattering return to the Lloyd’s fray after sustaining a severe injury on last year’s tour to North America. His time out has been well spent developing length, a slight curl, and a wonderful light-brown-come-orange tinge to his barnet. On the night this was surpassed only by his ability to deliver the most deft of forward passes. Welcome back skips.
However, as mentioned, the man-of-the-match award for the evening went to Hamish Greenwood for his sheer presence and pace around the paddock, adding another two tries to his ever-growing Lloyd’s account.
Samoan-Italian fusion was enjoyed by all.
Check out the City League Final Gallery…….worth a look to see the most popular ‘buffalo’ of the season
Click on the image below to see LRFC in Insurance Day
Report with compliments of Tim Jacobs.